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Cookbook Winner Jess!


Meet our monthly cookbook winner Jess! Jessica L. White is this month's cookbook winner.  White, a native-born Chattanoogan, recently moved back to Chattanooga with her fiance Amir. The move comes after living in Brooklyn, New York.

The couple returned to the South this summer and Jess say's that she is "glad to not have to parallel park that much anymore" and "to have a backyard again."  While living in NY, she studied hoop dancing (hula hoops, that is) and now makes hula hoops, as well.

She is also a software consultant for Dragon NaturallySpeaking and enjoys tweaking recipes to make them vegetarian friendly.  "I love Southern food, but I'm always trying to veg it up but still make it enticing to the carnivores." White has also had a torrid affair with pastries over the years that remains strong, and also makes her own dog food for her 2 black labs, Nico and Seven.jesshoop2011bywags

Here are two recipes from Jessica, one for us, and one for the pups!

Jessica's Pepper Cheese Cups
Box of Mini Phyllo cups (found in freezer section)
1 Red Pepper diced
1 Orange Pepper diced
1 Yellow Pepper diced
Olive oil
Goat Cheese (or can use feta cheese instead)
Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Mix all of the peppers together. Place the phyllo shells on flat baking sheets, and fill bottom layer with diced peppers & goat cheese. Top each cup with a dot of olive oil. Bake in preheated oven until hot, 6 to 8 minutes.
Recipe by Jessica White

Jessica's Black Lab Breakfast
*NOTE this recipe is for your pups!
This recipe feeds my 2 black labs in the mornings. You can reduce or add ingredients based on breed/desired weight. You can increase the vegetables to have some leftover for the next day/dinner. - Jess

1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal oats (the kind you cook)
2 cups water
1 bananas
1 apple, peeled & cored
1/2 carrot
2 stalks celery (with the leaves!  They have more nutrients)
4-6 strawberries (no green tops)
1/2 cup blueberries
1 cup raw spinach or romaine lettuce
2 tablespoons ground flax seed
1/2 can tuna with water or canned salmon
1/2 can raw 100% pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie mix--must be pure pumpkin)
Directions: Bring water to a boil on stove.  Add the oats & turn heat to Low-Medium. Cook until thick consistency (like regular oatmeal--about 5-7 min). In a food processor, mix all veggies together/puree. Mix together in dog bowl(s) oatmeal, vegetable mix, flaxseed, pumpkin, and tuna & make sure it's cool before giving to your pooch. Voila!  Happy tails & bowl-lickin' good :)
Recipe by Jessica White 

Photo with hoops by Wagner AbercrombieFace photo by Angel Williams

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